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disorderly

[dis-awr-der-lee] /dɪsˈɔr dər li/
adjective
1.
characterized by disorder; irregular; untidy; confused:
a disorderly desk.
2.
unruly; turbulent; tumultuous:
a disorderly mob.
3.
Law. contrary to public order or morality.
adverb
4.
in a disorderly manner.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; dis-1 + orderly
Related forms
disorderliness, noun
undisorderly, adjective
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  • But it can cause ego damage if the mob of students in his course on personal finance gets disorderly online.
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  • But in a short time his attendants, being complained of as too numerous and disorderly, are reduced to thirty.
  • The remaining problem children will be forced to leave the euro in a quick succession of disorderly defaults.
  • Yet a pessimist would counter that a revaluation of emerging-market currencies against the dollar could easily turn disorderly.
  • As the universe expands, it becomes ever more complex and disorderly.
  • There was chaos and the villagers were disorderly while vying for rations.
  • Nationalisms in the post-Communist world are disorderly, little understood, and they develop spontaneously.
  • Most were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, and a few on resisting-arrest charges.
  • The charges were reduced to simple hazing, a disorderly persons offense.
British Dictionary definitions for disorderly

disorderly

/dɪsˈɔːdəlɪ/
adjective
1.
untidy; irregular
2.
uncontrolled; unruly
3.
(law) violating public peace or order
adverb
4.
in an irregular or confused manner
Derived Forms
disorderliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorderly
adj.

1580s, "opposed to moral order," also "opposed to legal authority;" see dis- + orderly (adj.). The meaning "untidy" is attested from 1630s; the older senses are those in disorderly house, disorderly conduct, etc.

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